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Vernon L. "Vern" Downey, 80, of Homosassa, FL., passed away on April 2, 2013 at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, FL. A native of Cincinnati, OH, he was born March 23, 1933 to Horace and Pauline (Rheim) Downey, one of four children. Mr. Downey was a lifelong manufacturer and his positions held included line supervisor for Magnavox Corp., Greeneville, TN and also production foreman for Rockwell International of Richardson, TX. He moved to Homosassa in 1993 from Galion, OH. Vern, as he was known to many, was a U.S. Army veteran discharged in 1961 and attended First United Methodist Church of Homosassa. He loved to travel and play golf. Mr. Downey is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty J. Downey, Homosassa and sister Audrey (husband Roy) Epperson, White Oak, OH. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Donald. A memorial service of remembrance will be held on Sun., April 7, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, HomosasIn FL. At 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Kip Younger officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Vern's name to First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa, FL 34448 or Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641276, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL. www.wilderfuneral.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Apr. 5, 2013